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Mark in Minnesota!

05/25/2013
4:52 p.m. Wednesday, May 22. Hwy. 63 rest-stop, Fillmore County, Minnesota.

4:52 p.m. Wednesday, May 22. Hwy. 63 rest-stop, Fillmore County, Minnesota.

Mark in Maine has moved back to Minnesota for the summer.

Jen posted in her grades and attended a communication and environment short course; I turned over the Essex Senior Cafe books and oiled up the pick-up; and we both headed west on I-80. After a three-day freeway drive and two-night layover in Iowa City, we’re back in St. Paul for summer vacation.

Things I miss the most about Minnesota (not in any order):

• John’s Pizza, Savoy Pizza, Mama’s Pizza…Maine doesn’t know how to make pizza.

• The cabin… not a “camp.”

• The Caddy… but not gassing it up… Maine prices when we left: $3.50 a gallon.

• Old Dutch potato chips… although the blue chips in Maine are dynamite.

• Saturday morning Breakfast Club… the best Bangor breakfast place is a truck stop.

• Real live hipsters… there are 4 in Bangor.

• Mom & Dad.

• Bike trails… Maine has trails to hike, not bike.

• Electric Fetus, Hymies and Eclipse… the best record stores in the USA.

• Thunder and lighting… lifelong Maine residents have never heard thunder.

• Twins games on the radio… even a losing team is better than no team

• Neuman’s…old biker bars in Maine look scary.

• The St. Pete’s gang.

• Roseville hockey…better than UMaine team.

• Everyone in Forest Lake & White Bear Lake… but I don’t miss work that much.

• Grain Belt beer…LaBatt Blue is the best I can find in Maine.

• Nearby rock n’ roll shows…It’s a two-hour drive to see Trampled by Turtles in Maine.

• Walks around Como Lake…the best stroll in Bangor is around the “standpipe.”

I’m sure there’s more but I’ll stop now so I can get to work on stocking the jukebox. Stop over when you can: As always it’s 3 plays for a quarter.

Editor’s Note: I will continue to update the Mark in Maine blog, but not as often as when we are actually in Maine. We’ll be back in Bangor at the end of August.
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3 Comments
  1. Bill Huntzicker permalink

    Wanna put John’s Pizza on our schedule one of these days? I still haven’t been there — if it’s the one in your neighborhood.

  2. mary permalink

    So glad you are back!!!

  3. Joe Horwath permalink

    Welcome back Nick! I think you need to have a summertime 3 plays for a quarter St. Pete’s get together!

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